The third time was not a charm for the Sandwich girls’ lacrosse team. Meeting fourth-seeded Hanover for the third time in the last two seasons, the Knights could not solve the problem that is the Indians.
After leading 5-4 at halftime, the fifth-seeded Knights were held to just two goals in the second half as the Indians raced back for a 13-7 win in the Division 2 South Sectional quarter finals on Saturday, June 8.
Sophomore Macey White continued her strong end to the season by scoring the first two goals of the game. Tatum LaRochelle recorded a hat trick, including both second-half goals for Sandwich. Ingrid Knaus and Claire Moniz also scored for the Knights.
But it wasn’t enough, as Hanover’s Sydney Weber single-handedly outscored Sandwich with a game-high eight goals. Claire Connolly recorded four goals as the duo proved too strong to stop offensively.
Although on the losing end, senior goalie Morgan Howes played strong in net for the Knights. She recorded nine saves and played particularly well throughout the first half. The Indians tied the game at seven apiece around the midpoint of the second half before pulling away late in the game.
Sandwich previously lost to Hanover at DeConto Stadium on April 18, 13-9. They also lost to the Indians in the Division 2 South Sectional quarter finals last season, 11-6, when Hanover was also the fourth seed and Sandwich the fifth seed.
“We know Hanover’s talent,” Beaton said prior to playing the Indians. “In order to beat them we have to have the perfect game.”
Sandwich concluded its season with a record of 15-5, going unbeaten in the Atlantic Coast League’s final year. They will graduate four seniors—Sam Gorrasi, Leah Mahoney, Calie Sorenson and Howes.